Racially Restrictive Covenants in Spokane
Name: Racially Restrictive Covenants in Spokane
Date: February 13, 2020
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM PST
“No person of any race other than the White or Caucasian race shall use or occupy any building or any lot except that this covenant shall not prevent occupancy by domestic servants of a different race domiciled with the owner or tenant.” Would you be surprised to learn this language was included in property documents for Spokane neighborhoods? Would you be frustrated to learn that the language still exists in thousands of property documents? Join local historian and EWU graduate Logan Camporeale, M.A., for a presentation and discussion about restrictive covenants, Spokane’s history of segregation, and what we can do to address this remnant of segregated neighborhoods. Local historian and EWU graduate Logan Camporeale, M.A., will give a presentation on racially restrictive covenants in Spokane. These housing policies specified that "no race or nationality other than the white race" were permitted to live in certain neighborhoods. Spokane, like many other locations nationwide, used these restrictive covenants between the 1930s and 1960s. Shockingly, these discriminatory policies remain in current housing documents, despite being unenforceable by federal and state law. After uncovering the covenants and understanding their legacy, Mr. Camporeale worked with the Gonzaga Environmental Law and Land Use Clinicto determine how the covenants could be removed. The collaborative team identified some potential legal solutions, and currently, a case to remove restrictive covenants from a Spokane property is being litigated in the Washington State Court of Appeals. Mr. Camporeale blogged his research on TheLocalHistory.com and the story has received continuing media coverage in the Spokesman-Review. This presentation will discuss this engaging local history and the potential for activism to address the legacy of this injustice.